Police arrest 5 suspected kidnappers, rescue 3 victims in Edo

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The Edo State Police Command has announced the rescue of three kidnapped victims and the arrest of five suspected kidnappers‎. The operations were carried out in two separate locations.

SP Kontongs Bello, spokesman of Edo command, explained in a statement, that, the operations that led to the arrest last Monday, was led by the Divisional Police Officer of Iguobazuwa in Ovia South West Local Government Area.

The five male suspects were arrested in their hideout in Udo Community.

The names the alleged kidnappers were given as: Mohammed Ali, 25; Abdullahi Umar, 30; Bello Tambaya, 24; Hassan Mohamma, 24 and Adamu Bello, 26.

The statement revealed that one Babuga, who is believed to be the principal suspect is currently on the run, adding that the suspects were linked with the kidnapping case reported to the command on Febraury 4, 2022 in the area.

The police spokesman said that the suspects were already making useful information that will lead to the arrest of other gang members that are on the run.

“They will be arraigned in court accordingly, as soon as investigation is concluded.”

He also gave insight on how the three victims were rescued. According to him, on February 20, 2022, the Edo State Police Command acted on credible information that hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers were sighted around Unomi Farm Land in Iddo Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, together with some persons believed to have been kidnapped.

“On receipt of the information, the combined team of police operatives and hunters immediately mobilized to the location on rescue mission, and possible arrest of the suspects.

“On sighting the team of operatives approaching them, the hoodlums opened fire, and left with no option, the team responded accordingly.

“In the ensuing gun duel that lasted for about one hour, the suspected kidnappers, because of the superior fire power from the team of operatives, had to abandon their victims unhurt and escaped into the bush with various degrees of bullet wounds.

“The names of the victims rescued are Marcellus Ekhayeme, ‘M’, Igbafe Austine, ‘M’ and Musa Aliu ‘M’. Upon enquiry, the victims revealed that they were kidnapped at Iyiku Jattu Area of Auchi since on the February 8, 2022. They were profiled and handed over to their various families.”

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